From The Executive Director

My mommy always told me, if you don't have anything good to say.....I'm sure many of you know how that sentence ends. Therefore, I'm not going to spend a lot of time talking about what just happened on election day last week.

We have a new president elect y'all. So now what!?

Many of you know that ACF is part of the Appalachian Funder's Network, a group of grantmakers who work together to accelerate the development of more diverse and resilient local economies that sustain our unique assets and provide widely shared prosperity for all. We work in partnership with Rural Support Partners, which is a social enterprise working across the rural Southeast to strengthen anchor organizations, develop collective impact networks, and help move sustainable economic development efforts to scale.  I recently got a message from their team that was a call to action for those of us working for a more just and equatable region. They are offering a space for all of us to share our thoughts, plans, and ideas about what's next given the recent elections.

Please read their message below and answer the call.

I'm not going to ask you to sing with me this month.
But I will ask you to listen with me to this Letter to the Free. I hope it moves you, the way it moves me.

​As always thanks for reading, thanks for sharing, and thanks for being a part of a community of readers who celebrate Change, not Charity in Central Appalachia! 
Peace, love, and justice,
Executive Director​

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The Rural Support Partners

Dear Friends, Partners, & Allies, 
On Wednesday morning, we woke up to a future that looked dramatically different for our country and our region. At RSP, this week has been one of deep reflection and reckoning with the new challenges to our work. On a personal level, the past few days have been a period of loss, grief, fear, and uncertainty. It is easy to feel depressed and dis-empowered by these election results, and there is real danger in getting trapped in a cycle of hopelessness and frustration. But we also now feel a spark of determination, a sense of urgency, and a pressure to act. Across Appalachia, we have all worked too hard and made too much meaningful progress towards a more just and sustainable region, to let it slip away. And, so, we at Rural Support Partners are issuing this call to action for ourselves and offering the following as a beginning set of next steps for the just transition movement in Central Appalachia.  

First, we need a clear and collective analysis of the potential threats that the incoming administration could pose to our region’s communities and economies. This political transition raises broader concerns for our nation and planet, including: the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, destructive foreign and trade policy, oppression of marginalized communities, loss of women’s and LBGTQ rights, stripping of environmental and labor protections, abandonment of policies to combat climate change, and more. These are daunting challenges and will require broad national conversations and coordinated local responses. Appalachia, in particular, faces a set of new (or worsened) challenges to our region’s future, including: renewed emphasis on coal production despite lack of economic viability; threats to air, soil, and water quality; increased marginalization of already vulnerable groups; opposition to clean energy development; smokestack-chasing economic development as a way to provide promised jobs; and, the loss of strong federal allies - in particular, the ARC, the White House, and USDA Rural Development. 

Second, we must build on and deepen the strategic connections between the incredible social change infrastructure that we have in this region and beyond. National networks such as National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Opportunity Finance Network, BALLE, New Economy Coalition, and others will be organizing around policy priorities and can be allies for Appalachia. However, our greatest asset is our own unprecedented level of regional alignment and organization. Networks, alliances, and coalitions across Appalachia have built trust and relationships, developed an analysis of regional needs and opportunities, and aligned our strategies and vision… The Appalachia Funders Network, Central Appalachian Network, KFTC, Alliance for Appalachia, Philanthropy WV, Healthy Places NC, Just Transition Fund, WV Community Development Hub, Appalachian Transition Fellowship, WV Food & Farm Coalition, STAY Project, Appalachia Foodshed Partnership, Generation WV, Highlander Center, and the list goes on and on. Collectively, we are a diverse movement with real momentum and staying power, even in the face of a challenging political context. We know what our region needs, and we must stay organized and focused on pushing a transition agenda both within the region and at the national policy level. 

Third, we need to challenge ourselves to do a better job of bridging social and political divides in our region and in rural communities in general. Many people in our region continue to feel marginalized from mainstream society and economy, and that feeling has gotten worse in recent years. In RSP’s work and in the transition movement more broadly, we have not done enough for the people who are hurting the most. The creation of more good paying jobs, a sense of ownership in Appalachia’s future, and feelings of empowerment that comes from dignified work and meaningful participation are some of the things that folks need to see and feel to make the transition real. For RSP, this means we must find new ways to work with people we disagree with politically; we must do more to foster civic participation and lift up young leaders; and, we must constantly push for justice and equity. This moment demands that we be willing to fearlessly stand up for the future of our region. 

We offer this message to our friends and partners as a statement of conviction for RSP’s work, as well as a call to action for our partners. We truly believe that our connections and alignment are the bedrock from which positive change will continue to happen, and we see the current moment as the opportunity to reinforce that bedrock for the work ahead. If you, our regional allies, see the need and value, we want to take up our leadership by offering our services at no charge to pull together, plan, and facilitate a high-level strategy session across the networks advancing positive regional change in Appalachia, in the hope that we can coalesce our determination to continue this work and be prepared to lean on each other in the years to come. We believe that this time calls for us not to take a step back, but to engage and think big, together. 

While we cannot answer individual email responses to this message, we are offering a space for you to share your thoughts/plans/ideas with us and each other on this open-source localwiki page.

In Solidarity, 

The team at Rural Support Partners
Inside ACF
Please Join Us 
The Appalachian Community Fund will honor with the East Tennessee Appalachian Hero Award: Dorothy Mitchell-Kincaid for her tireless work to bring about positive change for her community and communities throughout Appalachia; and, the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education, for improving the health outcomes of patients in the communities they serve.

Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
2:00 - 4:00 pm

Martin Luther King Center
209 East Franklin Street
Alcoa, Tennessee 37701

Open to the public. Suggested donation $25.
Event details here
#GivingTuesday is November 29th! #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Falling on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (and Black Friday and Cyber Monday), #GivingTuesday promotes charitable giving in a season that has become known for consumerism. The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) is participating in #GivingTuesday, so be on the lookout! You can support ACF with a one-time or monthly donation of any size, but you can also find alternative ways to support ACF here
Rest in Peace Tom Hayden
Activist and advocate for progressive causes
Rest in Peace Gwen Ifill
American Peabody Award-winning journalist, television newscaster, and author
Regional News
Are you looking to get into a High-Tech job?  Don’t know how to get there? 
Now accepting applications
Appalshop, Inc. and Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College have developed two Accelerated Certificates to meet the current needs of local employers. Partnering employers are growing and have potential employment opportunities available for students going through these Accelerated Certificates.  That means there are jobs waiting for you to go through Mines to Minds.

The two Accelerated Certificate options include Systems Administration (IT Networking and Support) and Multimedia Design and Implementation (Designing, Creating, marketing, and branding using High Tech Creative Software tools and websites).  If either of these certificates spark an interest with you, please sign up below.

You will spend the Spring semester, January-May, taking courses (both online and in person) at the Cumberland Campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.  After completion of the semester, you may be eligible for a paid apprenticeship with a local employer.  Your education continues from the classroom to hands-on while on-the-job.  These employers are growing and looking to offer employment opportunities to their successful students.
Apply here
Documentary Blood On The Mountain
Blood on the Mountain focuses on the environmental and economic injustice and corporate control in West Virginia and its rippling effect on all American workers. This film will tell the story of a hard-working people who have historically had limited choices and have never benefited fairly from the rich natural resources of their land. The failure to diversify the economy has insured control by outside, unrestricted corporations with the support of politicians kept in their positions by these very same companies.
What Do You Want To Talk About At Funding Forward?
Submit a Session Proposal
Funders for LGBTQ Issues is proud to announce that Funding Forward 2016 is coming to Minneapolis, March 30-April 1! The annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues provides an exciting opportunity for funders to connect with one another, learn from each other, coordinate efforts and maximize impact. Funders for LGBTQ Issues are currently accepting session ideas from funders and philanthropic organizations. Proposals will be reviewed by our member-based planning committee. If your proposal is selected, we will work closely with you to craft a session that fits in with the entire program. Foundations (and affinity groups) are strongly encouraged to partner with one another to pool creativity and expertise and share financial responsibilities of session sponsorship.
Submit proposal here
Apply here
2nd Annual Dumplin’s & Dancin’  
Hindman Settlement School 
Dumplin's & Dancin' is more than just your average get-together. It's a community-wide get-together where farmers, musicians, chefs, square dance callers, seed savers, dancers, and food activists, all committed to the preservation of Appalachian foodways and dance traditions, come together to learn, network, eat, and fellowship with each other.

The 2nd annual Dumplin's & Dancin': A Heritage Food & Dance Weekend will take place December 2-4, 2016 and will feature a wide array of presenters including James Beard Award Finalist Ouita Michel, acclaimed author of the recently published Victuals Ronni Lundy, and caller extraordinaire T-Claw.

  • Chef Ouita Michel will be the guest chef for our Saturday evening feast - you won't want to miss this!
  • The delightful Empty Bottle String Band is joining us again this year to bring the fun for the square dance!
  • Ronni Lundy will present on her new book, Victuals, released this year to incredible praise. The book explores "foodways, people and places of Appalachia" through recipes, stories, traditions and innovations.
  • "Rooted Words: Kentucky Writers on the Land" - Arwen Donahue is sharing (for the first time!) original artwork & interviews she's conducted with Kentucky agrarian writers.
  • Warm up around the inviting smells of a wood fired apple-butter stir!
Register here
Bystander Intervention Summit  
Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
The TN Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence and the State Department of Health are excited to announce the TN Bystander Summit scheduled for November 29 & 30, 2016. The Summit will feature national speakers leading discussions centered on bystander intervention. Sessions will cover the basics of bystander intervention as well as offer guidance/training on sending bystander messages within diverse communities. Participants will leave with a toolkit for tailoring bystander intervention presentations and messages in their own communities.

November 29th, 2016: 9:00-4:00pm
November 30th, 2016: 9:00-11:00pm

Embassy Suites Murfreesboro
1200 Conference Center Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Register here
"Foodways: The Intersection of Food in Appalachian Literature, Culture, Traditions, and History"
8th Annual Mildred Haun Conference
The Mildred Haun Conference: A Celebration of Appalachian Literature, Scholarship, and Culture explores and defines Appalachian literature and culture for Appalachians and non-Appalachians. They are seeking individual and panel presentations from faculty members, independent scholars, community members, and students who have an interest in any aspect of Appalachian literature, scholarship, and culture.
Conference details
Economic And Governance Curriculum
Training Of Trainers
Highlander Research and Education Center
The Highlander is looking for teams of people who are interested in participating in and learning to facilitate a new version of Highlander’s Economic and Governance Curriculum. They will be leading this training of trainers to help prepare people to run the sessions in communities. Participants will help facilitate their way through the curriculum, provide feedback along the way, and then take some time to practice facilitation. This Economics and Governance Training of Trainers will take place at the historic and beautiful Penn Center on Saint Helena’s Island, near Beaufort, South Carolina, from December 1-4. The training will start with lunch on Thursday the 1st and end with lunch on Sunday, the 4th. 
Curriculum details and apply here
Healing Our Land, Growing Our Future 
Report: Repurposing Virginia’s Abandoned Coal Sites
A report released recently highlights the economic development potential of more than a dozen abandoned coal mining sites in Southwest Virginia that could be repurposed into solar farms, community parks, sustainable farms or other innovative projects with funding from the RECLAIM Act, now pending in Congress. The report, “Healing Our Land, Growing Our Future,” identifies 14 sites in seven counties that represent the best potential for reclaiming old coal sites and re-developing them with projects that yield lasting and sustainable economic benefits for the surrounding area.
Full report
“EXTREME Appalachia!”
Preliminary Call for Participation 2017 Appalachian Studies Association Conference!
March 9-12, 2017, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. “Extreme Appalachia” is the theme for the 40th annual Appalachian Studies Conference. “Extreme” is the impassioned commitments people have to the region, the land, and Appalachian communities, ways of life, and livelihoods. "Extreme" is the ways extreme economics—excessive resource extraction and use, under funding of public education and services, and dismal job opportunities—have sparked community resilience and activism that advance a sustainable future for the region. “Extreme Appalachia” also references exploitative pop culture products like reality television programming—as well as the countering power of the region’s visual, performance, and literary arts to nurture, provoke, and inspire. In the face of extremity, regionalist scholarship continues to augment ongoing struggles for racial, social, economic, and environmental justice.
For further information click here
Funding Opportunities In Central Appalachia
Resist Expanding Emergency Grants 
During these times Resist would like to offer concrete support to Black-led groups working to build communities of healing, resistance, and creative visioning.  While Resist are prioritizing Black-led groups, they also welcome applications from accomplice groups with a strong track record of following Black leadership. Resist offers $500 Emergency Grants to eligible groups who are facing unforeseen and timely political opportunities. They offer this support so that groups can respond quickly to unexpected organizing needs. Emergency grant applicants will hear back within 72 hours. Please see eligibility requirements.
Apply here
Job Opportunities In Central Appalachia
Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer
Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation
Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC) seeks to fill the position of Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer (EVP/COO). KSTC is an entrepreneurial nonprofit enterprise with a mission of value-added innovation through investments in talent development, research and development, and technology start-up companies. This position focuses primarily on strategy, program implementation, fundraising, and corporate operations. The EVP/COO works at the discretion of the President in leading KSTC in designing and delivering the next phase of entrepreneurial initiatives and securing funding. This position participates as a member of the KSTC executive management team. KSTC is an equal opportunity employer and offers a competitive salary and benefits package. To apply, please email your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to hr@kstc.com. Applications are due by November 30, 2016. Screening begins immediately
Position description
Director of Programs
The West Virginia HUB
The HUB is seeking a creative, collaborative, critical thinker to come on as our Director of Programs. This full-time position, based out of our Charleston office, is tailor-made for you if:
  • You have a passion for improving West Virginia’s communities;
  • You want to dive deep into solutions-based community development that engages a diverse set of stakeholders
  • And you thrive in an environment that involves critical thinking, team-based collaborations, and the constant exploration of new ideas, challenges and opportunities.

They’re looking for that special person who is enthusiastic, self-directed and has just the right mix of passion, humility and humor.

Are you interested in the work of The Hub? Are you excited by the locally-driven work you see happening across the state?
Check out full job description
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Fahe, a regional membership-based non-profit in Berea is accepting applications for the newly created position of Vice President of Strategic Initiatives.  This posting is for immediate full-time employment in our home office in Berea, Kentucky. As a key member of Fahe’s Strategic Initiatives, this position is responsible for projects from conception through evaluation, ensuring the strategic alignment of opportunities to Fahe’s mission to eliminate persistent poverty in Appalachia, and otherwise planning, securing funding for, executing, and evaluating:

•    Community Development Projects
•    Corporate initiatives, and 
•    The daily operations of consulting team. 

The position will build relationships with key partners and develop strategies to address Fahe’s community development and strategic initiatives objectives. 
Full job description
Financial Director
The Financial Director is a senior leader of Appalshop’s CORE administration comprised of the Institutional Development Director, the Communications and Marketing Director, and Support Staff. The Financial Director works closely under the guidance of the Executive Director and will collaborate with the Institutional Development Director, Appalshop Treasurer, and members of the Board of Directors’ Finance Committee and Audit Committee. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and three years of experience in non-profit accounting, finance, and administration. Proficiency with MS Excel and QuickBooks is highly preferred. Grants management experience, writing and prioritization skills are necessary.

About Appalshop
Appalshop’s mission is to enlist the power of education, media, theater, music, and other arts:
  • to document, disseminate, and revitalize the lasting traditions and contemporary creativity of Appalachia;
  • to tell stories the commercial cultural industries don’t tell, challenging stereotypes with Appalachian voices and visions;
  • to support communities’ efforts to achieve justice and equity and solve their own problems in their own ways;
  • to celebrate cultural diversity as a positive social value;
  • and to participate in regional, national, and global dialogue toward these ends.
Full job description
Finance Director
Appalachian Sustainable Development
This is a unique opportunity for the right candidate. You are an experienced and entrepreneurial professional excited to roll up your sleeves and lead.  You will be a senior manager in an organization with approximately 20 staff and a budget approaching $2.5 million. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Board Treasurer and Finance Committee, and other key members of the team, the Director will spearhead all efforts related to financial management, including budgeting and projections, accounting and reporting, bookkeeping, grant management and audit/compliance. ASD is taking a hard look at its Finance capacity in a time of growth – a true inflection point. The right candidate will have the ability to provide strategic, financial and business leadership, be a resource to and partner with the Executive Director and the Board as well as manage core financial functions.
Full job description
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